Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery Series #2)

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Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue—in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn’t quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator—and romantic entanglement—Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.

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Overview


Scotland, 1830. Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue—in fact, it seems to follow wherever she goes. After her foray into murder investigation, Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care. But the city is full of many things Kiera isn’t quite ready to face: the society ladies keen on judging her, her fellow investigator—and romantic entanglement—Sebastian Gage, and ultimately, another deadly mystery.

Kiera’s old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married, but the arrival of his older brother—and Kiera’s childhood art tutor—William, has thrown everything into chaos. For ten years Will has been missing, committed to an insane asylum by his own father. Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor’s plight, especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing. Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend—and save the marriage of another…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set largely in Scotland in 1830, Huber’s well-done sequel to 2012’s The Anatomist’s Wife includes all the ingredients of a romantic suspense novel, starting with a proud and independent heroine. Talented artist Lady Kiera Darby, who survived a dreadful first marriage, remains the object of society gossip. She’s attracted to the dashing and rather mysterious Sebastian Gage, the upper class’s go-to guy for private inquiries in Britain, with whom she has lots of misunderstandings. Strong and lively characters as well as believable family dynamics, however, elevate this above stock genre fare. Furthermore, the underlying mystery deals with a serious, even horrifying, subject—the treatment of the insane in asylums. Readers should be prepared for some grim tales, though credit Huber for not turning this into a treatise on post-traumatic stress disorder. Rather, she assembles a collection of facts that unfold gradually, serving the story rather than the other way around. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Sept.)
VOYA - Suanne B. Roush
Lady Kiera Darby is accompanying her pregnant sister, brother-in-law, and their children from their country home to Edinburgh, where her sister can get better medical care. Close to their destination, Philip, her brother-in-law, receives a message asking him to stop at a friend's home to take care of a family emergency. They arrive to find a broken engagement, a missing village girl, and the long-lost Lord William Dalmay back from a decade's disappearance. It was thought that William, Lady Darby's former drawing master, was dead, but his younger brother, Michael, tells them he discovered that his late father had put William in an asylum because he thought his violent nightmares and disturbing art—which recalled his wartime experiences as a soldier—meant he was mad, rather than suffering from battle fatigue, now known as PTSD. William has been brought home but is kept behind locked doors, and his brother fears that William is to blame for the disappearance of the village girl, because he was told by his brother's doctor that William had killed a girl during his time in the asylum. Kiera and Sebastian Gage, a friend of Michael and Philip, begin investigating the disappearance, hoping to prove William's innocence. While teens may not be immediately drawn to this historical mystery/romance, fans of historical romance looking for something new or different may find this satisfying, although the only teen character is not at all likable. Seasoned readers of the genre will have solved the mystery long before the end. Purchase this title where the first book in the series is popular or where readers of historical romance are searching for more. Reviewer: Suanne B. Roush
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425253786
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Lady Darby Mystery Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 109,264
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


ANNA LEE HUBER is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on the next novel in the Lady Darby Mysteries.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Another very good installment

    Lady Kiera Darby, on her way to Edinburgh with her sister'sfamily, stops at the home of an old friend, encounters Sebastian Gage gain, and finds another mystery, as well as danger.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

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    Lady Kiera Darby has been doing her best to stay out of the publ

    Lady Kiera Darby has been doing her best to stay out of the public eye after helping solve a murder just a short time ago. She has been by her sister’s side as she struggles though the first stages of pregnancy. It is decided that the family will move to Edinburgh so that her sister will have the best care available. Kiera prefers the solace of the country and is apprehensive about the move because she is just not ready to face many things that await her in the city. Especially Sebastian Gage who she has not heard from since she helped him solve his case.

    On their way to Edinburgh the family is sidetracked. An unexpected appearance has sent some of the extended family into a tailspin and Phillip, Kiera’s brother-in-law, has been summoned to offer his help in straightening matters out. Kiera is very surprised to Sebastian Gage is already in residence and there seems to be some very troubling mysteries to solve.

    Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend—and save the marriage of another…

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    I have been anxiously awaiting the next Lady Darby mystery and it was well worth the wait.

    This is an compelling story. Again Huber takes us into a castle and reveals its secrets.

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Battle Fatigue. Shell Shock. It goes by many names, but for as long as there have been wars, soldiers have suffered the effects of combat and the horrors they have witnessed. Back in 1830 many soldiers were placed in asylums for “treatment”. The author takes us into one man’s tragic story and she really doesn’t pull any punches. The man, Michael Dalmay, was an artist and before being locked away he would draw and paint brutally graphic images of war. After his release from the asylum his drawings changed to his treatment and the treatment of others with “brain impairments”. Lady Darby knew him before and she is the key to understanding the man after. No one can understand or help him heal and she is his last chance especially when he is accused of something she knows he could never do.

    The characters are so intriguing and the romantic tension gets intense between Kiera and Sebastian. The depth of Michael Dalmay was amazing. I can tell the author has done intensive research to portray this character as realistically as possible for the period.

    Like The Anatomist’s Wife this is a haunting story. Again I stayed up late into the night because I couldn’t put this book down. This book touched me and had the tears flowing in places. You cannot help to feel what these soldiers went through and are still going through today even with all the advances.

    This story has something for everyone, mystery, suspense,a bit of romance, and a wonderful heroine. Now I begin the long wait until the next installment, coming in July 2014.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Worth it

    Can't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Excellent and disturbing

    Ms Huber is a great new artist. This book will hold you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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